You may have noticed some changes to the work room since you’ve come back from winter break, and I wanted to run over all of them so you know where things have gone, and why.
The large material shelf that was used for laser cutter materials has been replaced with a rolling flat stock cart:
This cart was designed to hold materials primarily for the laser cutter- plywood, acrylic, and maybe some cardboard. Primary rule here- if it doesn’t fit in the cart, don’t store it in the work room. Our space is small, so we need to be efficient and considerate of others who might need the space while working. Also, take note of the “WOOD” trash can next to the cart:
We are going to compost wood scrap waste from the shop into a special trash can on the loading dock, so please put all wood waste into that bin.
The drill bits, saw blades, rules and painting supplies have been moved into the former material storage drawers, which are now located under the work table:
The idea here was to clear up space on the peg board and tool shelves below to make tools more organized and accessible. The drawers should be labeled with everything that goes inside, but you may need to add/modify labels as things get moved around in the lab.
Rules, levels, geometric guides and calipers are stored in these drawers now, along with paintbrushes and rollers.
New dust collection is installed below the bandsaw/sander table.
This was a very hacked together solution, but on the upside it cost the lab zero dollars, and it mostly works to pull excess dust away from the belt sander and band saw. Please use the power strip to turn on the tools and vacuum, and turn them off when you are finished.
The dust collector is now mounted to the wall above the belt sander.
This saves space, and hopefully concentrates the effort of the filter system over the some of the tools that generate the most fine dust particles. Make sure to turn this on with the remote, found on the wall above the sander.
Non-combustible paints, solvents and glues are stored on a shelf in the window near the work table:
This clears space near/around the flammables cabinet, which is still located underneath the bandsaw. I might try and make some doors for this shelf to keep dust out.
Clamps now live below the tool shelf.
I took some threaded rod we had laying around the lab, bent it to shape, and fitted it into the power tool shelf- hopefully this accommodates clamps a bit better than the previous wall solution, which has since been removed.
Our screws, bolts, nuts and other hardware were basically in total chaos, so in the ultimate moment of masochistic glee, I reorganized them. We’ll see how that goes.
Alright, back to Blowing Things Up!